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Free radicals are molecules that contain an unpaired valence electron which induces high reactivity. Ion radical reactions are typically exothermic and have low (or zero) activation energy. It is for these reasons that ion-radical reactions are believed to dominate in interstellar clouds where temperatures hover around 3-10K. State-to-state measurements require precision control of both reactants.
Las Vegas (Nev.)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Chemical reactions; Cooling; Ion-molecule collisions
Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics | Chemistry
Gutierrez, Bernardo, "Trapping and Cooling of Ca+ for Cold Ion-Radical Collisions" (2022). Undergraduate Research Symposium Posters. 151.
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